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SnakeBytes 7/26: Marte shines, Miley doesn't

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Sweep the Cubs, lose the next three of four. That's D'backs baseball.

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Quotes

"I actually felt all right, but I just couldn't command the ball. I had no feel for the fastball at all, and the breaking ball was not very good, either. Just kind of bouncing everything and pulling off of everything."

- Wade Miley

"I'm not contributing at this point, at least any way that I'd like to. I had a couple huge chances (Friday) and didn't do anything with it. I'm disappointed. I'm here to do a job and I'm not doing it. It's pretty tough."

- Mark Trumbo

Daily D'backs

D'backs loss BTN - Arizona Sports 620

Miley's early struggles sink D-backs in Philly - dbacks.com

Alfredo Marte made things interesting, but his pinch-hit grand slam was not enough for the D-backs to overcome a poor start by Wade Miley in Friday's 9-5 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Vidal Nuño takes long road to majors - azcentral.com

Nuño's path to the Diamondbacks has been met with enough adversity that no one would have blamed him if he chose a one-way ticket back to California. Instead, he chose to learn and adapt and evolve — skills that helped him persevere, and attributes the Diamondbacks are hoping help make Nuño a reliable piece of the rotation moving forward.

Gosewisch happy to find home with D-backs; Ziegler nursing sore ribs, but ready to go - dbacks.com

D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch spent 7 1/2 years in the Phillies' organization and never made it to the big leagues. Ziegler was still sporting a nasty bruise on his chest, but after playing catch prior to batting practice at Citizens Bank Park, he declared himself ready to go.

La Russa's Hall of Fame mantra: Trust your gut - Fox Sports Arizona

Tony La Russa was not very far into his managerial career when baseball innovator Paul Richards had some advice that helped jump start La Russa on the road to Cooperstown.

Mark Trumbo's troubles persist with struggles at plate - azcentral.com

Mark Trumbo's at-bat in the top of the seventh inning of the Diamondbacks' 9-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday at Citizens Bank Park may have been emblematic of his season so far. Since returning from a stress fracture on July 11, Trumbo is batting .129 and is striking out in 31 percent of his plate appearances.

Tony La Russa recalls Kirk Gibson's World Series home run - azcentral.com

Around Baseball

Worst throw of the year? - mlb.com video

Ichiro hits three-run homer, gets pranked with the silent treatment by Jeter - Cut4

Between them, Ichiro and Jeter have been to 24 All-Star Games and lived for 80 years. Baseball is fun.